The Sasso Corbaro Foundation was established in the year 2000 on the initiative of doctors, entrepreneurs and scholars and has since grown thanks to the support of the Ticino cantonal authorities. It was the first Swiss foundation devoted to furthering medical humanities and clinical ethics. The aim of the Foundation is to promote training, research, documentation and cultural activities in their application to medical humanities, ethics and human rights; this goal is pursued thanks to the activities of its Observatory for training and research in ethics and medical humanities (OFREM, Osservatorio per la Formazione e la Ricerca in Etica e Medical Humanities). Medical humanities is a response to the will to introduce two essential elements into the field of treatment, without which therapeutic practice risks being reduced to cold technical intervention: in the first place, ethical criteria that must direct decision-making in an appropriate manner in the most problematic cases; secondly, the necessary sensibility towards the dignity of patients, respectful of their somatic and psychological suffering. Thus, from an open and cross-disciplinary reflection, a view of medicine emerges that can be defined as “medical humanities”, applicable both to everyday therapeutic practice and to general questions of an ethical order, such as the assessment of the impact of the patient’s socio-economic situation in the field of transplants and biotechnology.

The Sasso Corbaro Foundation was established in the year 2000 on the initiative of doctors, entrepreneurs and scholars and has since grown thanks to the support of the Ticino cantonal authorities. It was the first Swiss foundation devoted to furthering medical humanities and clinical ethics. The aim of the Foundation is to promote training, research, documentation and cultural activities in their application to medical humanities, ethics and human rights; this goal is pursued thanks to the activities of its Observatory for training and research in ethics and medical humanities (OFREM, Osservatorio per la Formazione e la Ricerca in Etica e Medical Humanities). Medical humanities is a response to the will to introduce two essential elements into the field of treatment, without which therapeutic practice risks being reduced to cold technical intervention: in the first place, ethical criteria that must direct decision-making in an appropriate manner in the most problematic cases; secondly, the necessary sensibility towards the dignity of patients, respectful of their somatic and psychological suffering. Thus, from an open and cross-disciplinary reflection, a view of medicine emerges that can be defined as “medical humanities”, applicable both to everyday therapeutic practice and to general questions of an ethical order, such as the assessment of the impact of the patient’s socio-economic situation in the field of transplants and biotechnology.

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